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their respects to slain ambassador chris stevens. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 17, 2012. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm vinita nair. the second presidential debate of campaign 2012 turned out to be a contentious political prize fight. after his passive performance in the first meeting, a clearly fired up president obama pressed the attack against mitt romney. but romney did not back down and the sparks flew. the candidates argued about everything from the economy to foreign affairs as the president worked to make up ground lost following their first meeting. randall pinkston is at the de/* debate site. >> reporter: the "new york times" headline this morning basically sums up what happened last night, rivals bring bare fists to rematch. from beginning to end the candidates clashed on almost everything and somehow managed to answer a few questions from the town hall audience. president obama and mitt romney wasted little time going after each other in the second debate. >> there were a whole bunch of oil companies. >> i had a question and how much -- >> you w
the benghazi terror attacks that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. debate day in america. vice president joe biden and republican rival paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pew center, just 39% of voters like biden, 44% like ryan. the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of voters say ryan will come out on top while 34% think biden will prevail. nbc news's tracie potts joins us. >>> the pressure is definitely on vice president biden to turn things around. he's got the experience on the debate stage to do so, but as you saw in those numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an excursion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president will probably come at me like a cannonball but that the obama record, as ryan put it, is his akil lee's
ambassador chris stevens was in fact worried about security threats in the weeks before he and three others were killed on 9/11 of this year. we're live in banghazi, libya. greg, you delivered such a moving story last night in our special report about banghazi. tell us what's happening on the ground now there, please. >> yeah, thanks. it's been about 5 1/2 weeks on the attack in the u.s. mission which left ambassador stevens and three other americans dead. it's still a horrible place to see, and there's still more answers to be found out. we spent a good deal of time there in the past couple of days. the main residence is a burned-out shell. you can till smell the smoke from the diesel fuel fire set by the mob. you can still see the signs of desperation, blood spattered in a bathroom, handprints on a wall, the place ransacked. as to the answers to the remaining questions, a few possibilities. one eyewitness tells us that a mob marched to the compound the night of the attack, chanting bloodthirsty slogans before they attacked. that could be an explanation why we're hearing from other people
.s. ambassador chris stevens, gets seriously heated. details next. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. breaking news this morning out of the middle east p.. a yemeni security official that worked at the u.s. embassy was shot and killed in sanaa today. a u.s. official believed to be in his 50s was reportedly on his way to work when he was gunned down in a motorcycle attack. an editor at "the yemen post" in sanaa tells nbc news the ambush had all the hallmarks of an al qaeda-style attack. >>> back here at home, vice president joe biden and republican rival paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky in their one and only debate. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pew center, just 39% of registered voters view biden favorably compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top, while 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts is joining us from washington with a preview of the debat
to chris stevens. the state department announced topin -- top diplomat lawrence pope will take the position, a 31 year foreign officer, speaks arabic and retired in 2,000. he will stay in the position until a permanent position is found. three other americans and stevens died in that ambush. >>> u.s. officials are condemning the shooting of a 49- year-old pakistani -- 14-year- old pakistani girl shot twit by taliban militants this week. they're outraged over the attack. it happened on tuesday as act have visto activists milala usee was on the way home from school. the unknown gunman asked for her by name and shot her in the head and neck. an advocate for girls education, writes a blog for the bbc under the life, the tale ban. >>> all eyes are on the nationals. not literally, but we're watching as they get closer to the world series. and here's more from outside of baltimore park. >> and this is's must win to stay alive k. they force it tonight? this is underway going into the bottom of the 7th and tied at one. the fans here have gotten up plenty of times and the stolo run off of the bat of
of christopher stevens develop in a major scandal for president obama? evidence is mounting that the white house was not forth coming about the murder. we will have the inside story. >> your polling agency is convinced that florida, north carolina and virginia are going to go for romney? >> that's right. >> bill: major polling agency pulling out of some key swing states, saying president obama is certain to lose there. does karl rove believe that? he will be here. >> that line were crossed by iran and they were very close, you wouldn't oppose military action to stop their nuclear program? >> i wouldn't oppose military action. but the question is where the line is. >> bill: ben affleck has a new movie about iran causing controversy. he will visit as well. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi. i'm bill o'reilly. will libya become a major scandal fort obama administration? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today a house committee held hearings on the giant screwup that occurred immediately after our ambassador to libya
stevens sent repeated cable to washington about security fears, even on september 1-11, the day he and three others were killed. why did the white house wait so long? what impact will the new documents have in the final debate? >> they're going to impact the final result. certainly it will be part of the final debate. look, now -- the president wants to play semantics on this, whether you put a word here or word there. fundamentally the mistake this administration made was trying to pretend and tell the world that terrorism was quelled in north africa and across the dangerous spots of the world. it's rampant and reared its ugly head and the administration is trying to hide that. when poor embassador stevens sent cables saying it's real, it's here, they shoved him under the table. shame on the president and shame on the state department. >> can we expect mitt romney to be aggressive about the benghazi it attack and ask about the video? >> i don't know what he's going to ask him but i will say he was kind of shocked when the president lied about having referred to the attack at a rea
ambassador stevens and three other americans last month. that is the task of the white house. >> september 11th 2012. an american ambassador murdered and three other americans killed. and a security request submitted four months earlier, denied after two bombings and fears of being killed expressed by ambassador stevens. and they had no intelligence requiring increased security. then the attack. obama and his administration with evidence piling up on barack obama. within hours of the attacks obama officials received numerous intelligence reports indicating the attacks were organized and al qaeda was involved. given occasions intercepted between al qaeda and libyan militants bragging about the attack. every sign pointed to terrorism. but for two long weeks obama and his team blamed a video. why? for political reasons. it was in obama's interests to not portray attacks as terrorism on the anniversary of the september 11th. intelligence was there. clear signs of terrorists but politics came forth. the evidence is mounting and more questions arise what. did this president know? and when? >> what
license plates. >>> new developments show the threat that chris stevens faced in benghazi. militias keeping order in the city threatened to quit over a political feud, accord fog a cable sent -- according to a cable stent on september 11th. >>> the bay area will pay tribute to chris stevens next week. next tuesday, more than 700 people are expected to attend a public memorial at san francisco's city hall. and then two days later, the california symphony will day tribute to a concert in walnut creek. >>> president obama will be back in san francisco later today to raise money for his re- election campaign. the president will begin the day in the central valley to dead -- for a -- for a deadcation. a dinner hosted by alice waters and then a concert with john legend follows. republican presidential momny, mitt romney is expected to deliver a foreign policy speech today at the virginia institute. coming up at 7:15, the changes that he says he would make and the results of the latest gallup pole in gal -- gallup poll. allie rasmus is live -- >>> alley rasmus live at a pumpkin weighoff. o
administration to admit that this was a terrorist attack. >> well, now ambassador stevens, as you have heard, the father of ambassador stevens is saying, quote, it would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue. it has to be objectively examined. it does not belong in the campaign arena. is the romney campaign wrong to politicize this while an investigation is ongoing? >> well, i think that when it comes to ambassador stevens' death all of us honor him for his service and his contribution to both our country and to what he did to help further the peace in libya. but what i think is an issue is this question of leadership and then how the events unfolded, what the white house did know, when it did know -- and when it knew it. so i think there's a separation. it's not necessarily about ambassador stevens but, in fact, about foreign policy and leadership and how this administration is handling the crisis that has stemmed from this internally. remember, richard, these were the same folks that came out and condemned anybody who suggested it was anything other than a video and now we
about the four americans who lost their lives in service to our country. ambassador chris stevens had devoted his life to a career in international relations. before serving as our ambassador to libya ambassador stevens was 52 years old. shaun smith was a ten year veteran of the state department, married, a father of two. glen doughtry was working for a private company when he was killed. he had spent 9 years as a navy seal. 42 years old. tyrone woods spent two decades as a seal and began a career as an independent contractor. he is survived by a wife and three sons. the state department is describing how this attack unfolded. let's list even in for a moment. >> my friends and colleagues, and i trust them with my life. >> thank you. i would direct that that chart be taken down. upon further refle reflection though commercially available in this hearing room we are not going to point out details of what may still be in fact -- >> reporter: laura ingram is a syndicated talk show host and fox news contributor. i want to talk about what darrell issa said which is the headline of all this.
camerota. sounding alarms, newly released documents, reveal that slain u.s. ambassador chris stevens had major concerns about security and al qaeda well before the attack in benghazi. so what did the administration know and when did they know it? >> plus the candidates gearing up for the third and final presidential debate as new polls show mitt romney gaining strength in the key battleground states. will he he be able to keep up the momentum as we head down the home stretch? the numbers next. >> and it was given $150 million of stimulus cash by the obama administration. why are workers that the battery plant sitting idol playing sudoku and monopoly? the latest green energy flop. monopoly takes a long time to play. ever played that. >> six hours, baby. >> "fox & friends" starts now. >> you are watching "fox & friends." that's great way to begin your day. >> monopoly takes a long time to play if you do the free parking or hand out the card ahead of time you can cut that time in half. >> if we started the monopoly game on the couch wield not be done by the time the show is over. >> the wor
for the death of embassador chris stevens. the house oversight committee launches a new effort to learn more about the attack on september 11 in libya issuing a peen subpoena for the man to led the security team at the consulate. good morning, it's great to have you here. a busy news day. welcome to america's election headquarters. >> i'm eric shawn, good morning on this sunday morning. the white house admitted the killing of chris stevens and three others was as a result of a preplanned terrorist he attack. as the investigation continues, few details have emerged about the intelligence we had before the tragic events and about the exact security details. for more on this, u.s. embassador john bolton, former embassador to the united nations and fox news contributor. >> good morning, eric. >> what did you expect the house subcommittee could learn? >> it's important to get the background to what was going on before the september 11 attack and to ask some pretty basic questions, like what intelligence about security in benghazi and tripoli for that matter was the state department seeking? what
loose, with dozens breaking through. they rushed to christopher stevens's bunker, they started the fire, unable to see or breathe through heavy smoke, the ambassador and one bodyguard tried to get out through a bathroom window. the agent got out, then lost stevens in the thick, black smoke, his body turned up later. they identified him only hours >>> i had not seen such an attack, nor in my diplomatic time >> reporter: today, the white house acknowledges mistakes. >> there is no question when four american personnel are killed in an attack on the diplomatic security, that the facility was not adequate >> reporter: mitt romney mentioned a conversation with glenn doherty, one of the former navy s.e.a.l.s killed in the attack. >> i met some wonderful people, one a former navy s.e.a.l. >> reporter: later, the campaign said he wouldn't mention it again. glen doherty's mother said he shouldn't make that a part of the political agenda. tonight, they accused them of misleading, and demanded straight answers, the white house is trying to find answers with both the state department and the review
administration did not know that ambassador stevens and other personnel on the ground had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security there. we did not know they wanted more security. and, by the way, at the time we were told exactly -- we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> reporter: it was an assessment, but the state department did know in real time from videos that requests for more security and resources had been made and were turned down. a state department official acknowledged testifying on capitol hill only yesterday. there was also a sharp disagreement tonight on medicare. biden charged that ryan's original plan would raise out-of-pocket costs for most seniors. >> look, folks, use your common sense. who do you trust on this, a man who introduced a bill that would raise it 40 to $6400 a year knowing it and passing it and romney saying sign it or me and the president? >> reporter: ryan objected. >> that statistic was completely misleading, but more importantly -- >> those are you the facts
straight from ambassador chris stevens before he and three other americans were killed in the deadly consulate attack. republican leaders of the house oversight committee have released a batch of cables and e-mails from the ambassador and other diplomatic security workers. they say the documents are evidence that the obama administration ignored a rapidly deteriorating security situation in libya. ambassador stevens wrote this cable in august. the absence of significant deterrence has contributed to a security vacuum that is being exploited by independent actors. what we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity but rather targeted and discriminate attacks. but obama's administration officials are saying that the documents don't tell the whole story. they also say the release of the unedited e-mails could endanger the lives of the libyans working with the u.s. >>> there is a tense situation going on right now off the coast of israel. overnight israeli soldiers stormed a ship headed for its coast. passengers say they were trying to break the sea blockade of gaza that's been in ef
not taking responsibility for the security at the u.s. embassy in the be at the date ambassador chris stevens was killed in an attack. the admission comes amidst growing pressure for the white house to respond with force to the attack. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is taking ownership for the security failures at the consulate in libya that left ambassador chris stevens and three other americans dead. she told cnn ensuring the safety of u.s. diplomatic staff overseas is her job, not the white house. >> i take responsibility. i am in charge of the state department, 60,000 + people all over the world. the president and vice president certainly would not be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. >> congress heard testimony last week that the state department was aware of and rejected several request for increase security. >> have long known extremists have come out of libya. there is an effort to try to reestablish a presence of extremists. it was something we were very focused on and working on. >> her comments, as republicans used the attacks to
serving as our ambassador to libya ambassador stevens was 52 years old. shaun smith was a ten year veteran of the state department, married, a father of t enoughasorki private company when he was killed. he had spent 9 years as a navy seal. 42 years old. tyrone woods spent two decades as a seal and began career as nt iur byif a then is describing how this attack unfolded. let's list even in for a moment. >> my friends and colleagues, and i trust them with my life. >> thank you. i would direct that ha beak reflection though commercially available in this hearing room we are not going to point out details of what may still be in ft -- ep lis ndk s ne contributor. i want to talk about what darrell issa said which is the headline of all this. there were no processes on september 11th outside of the consulate in benghazi. exactly what ambassador susan rice hadonnll talk tbo tre w rotes. reporter: she didn't just go on one show, it wasn't an offhand comment which would be bad enough, she went on fe television showso share this narrative. since that period ever time we've had this gradual walk of
chris stevens. the most important take away, there were no protests in front of the consulate before the attacks ever. directly contradicting the story given by susan rice three weeks ago. here's the timeline as we know it from the state department. at 8:30 p.m. local, the streets are calm as ambassador stevens says good night to a viz siing turkish diplomat. answer agent sees a large number of men flowing into the compound and immediately puts out on alarm. a security act hustles the ambassador and others to a bunker inside the residence. the attackers then spray diesel newly igniting the building, trapping the men inside, unable to see or breathe through the heavy smoke. they now know that one security agent escapes through a window. later the american security detail finds the body of shaun smith who died of smoke inhalation, but is unable to locate ambassador stevens and in fact does not find him until his body turns up hours later in a hospital after the staff there dials numbers on ambassador stevens' cell phone to identify him. survivors escape in an armored vehicle through he
. or for ambassadorsteistevens. >> just the fact that stevens came in from tripoli and there wasn't enough security. >> that night, my belief was it was the fact that nearby, anybody and everybody was nearby called in for support. >> according to the various sources this is five u.s. agents. four local men securing the compound. when the massive attack began. ambassador stevens and others were escort it to barricaded building in the compound. unable to penetrate it, frustrated intruders had diesel fuel, ig noting oily fire trapped inside and somehow separated from the colleagues. ambassador stevens died of smoke inhalation. heroically, glen and another former navy seal ty wood managed to evacuate survivors fighting to a nearby safehouse known as the annex. >> he was on the roof. remained until everybody rescued from the safe house. because of him, all the people are still here today. then unfortunately, mortar fire was extremely accurate. >> tillekilled your brother and another sniper. >> yep. >> it doesn't sound like a spontaneous attack at all. >> no. from what i heard, it was well planned an wel
ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, was asassed on september 11. many bieve tba nitinily re has tritt ay t violence might have been generated by an anti-muslim tape. we now know ambassador stevens, foreign service officer sean smith, former navy seal and two others were killed innn rrtac e athaen, tel damage president obama's reelection chances. let's take it step by step in a methodical way. on septembe12, president obama reacted to the murder of ambassador stevens by first discusng the amuap >> r aff t grth rio biefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. >> bill: the next day, secretary of state hillary clintonmade a public steme aga phinhee. hetetaoven had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its content and msage. iccomeo gi tan g bk t ve bni of our nation. >> bill: notice no mention of the possibility that terrorists attacked us in libya. on september 14, white house spokesman jay carney stepped up withhilaon sut ias preplanned attack. the unrest we've seen around the region has been in reaction t
the benghazi terror attack that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> debate day in america. vice president joe biden and paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pugh center, 39% of registered voters view biden favorably. that's compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top. 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts has a preview of tonight's debate. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure is on vice president biden to try to turn things around after the presidential debate last week. he has the experience on the debate stage to do so. but as you saw in the numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an exertion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president
of ams am -- ambassador chris stevens here is how he wrapped up his resolve. >> obama: no act of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation. alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. >> bill: right. so the idea that then these republicans -- i understand the romney campaign because you know, they were so embarrassed by this whole thing because mitt romney made a fool of himself. i understand but for the media to give it any credence whatsoever, for the media to report on it, as abc news and cbs did last night and i'm sorry -- i saw cbs and nbc. i don't know what abc did. they probably did the same thing they are irresponsible. totally, totally irresponsible. the fact that president obama did not say the words peter what happened yesterday in benghazi was an act of terror. i mean do you have to say those specific words in order to get credit for calling it an act of terror? no! come on! let's not parse every single word. we're not third graders. again, i understan
. bringing justices to the terrorists that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans last month. that's the task of the white house, only made more difficult because of its campaign of disinformation, propaganda and distortion. >> september 11, 2012... an american ambassador is brutally murdered, three other americans killed. an organized assault with rocket-propelled grenades. a security request submitted four months earlier, denied. even after two bombings preceding the anniversary of 9/11. and fears of being killed, expressionsed by ambassador stevens himself. yet president obama's officials insisted they had no actionable intelligence requiring increased security. then, the attack. and obama and his administration wouldn't call it terrorism for 14 days. but the evidence is piling up on barack obama. within hours of the attacks, obama officials received numerous intelligence reports indicating the attacks were organized and al qaeda was involved. communications intercepted between al qaeda and libyan militants, bragging about the attack. every sign pointed to terrorism. but f
. this is where ambassador chris stevens slept. part of a small sweep also meant to be a makeshift safe room. here on the floor between the bed and the chair is where cnn found the ambassador's journal. it is also the same room where the ambassador was located hours after the attack first began, separated by smoke from his security detail. the u.s. initially said the assault was a result of a demonstration turned violent. >> putting together the best information that we had available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. >> reporter: that was not the case. the state department is now saying that there was nothing unusual prior to the attack. at 8:30 p.m., everything was calm. and just over an hour later, armed men launched their assault. libyan officials say they warned the americans on many occasions about the growing threat from extremists. the compound
a murdered ambassador. chris stevens sounded the alarms before he and three other americans were killed in the deadly consulate attack in benghazi. republican leaders in the house have released dozens of documents in the investigation. 166 pages, e-mails and cables between the state department and people in the field. those house leaders say it shows that the obama administration ignored security problems. but obama administration officials say the documents don't tell the whole story. so let's bring in our intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly, who has been going through all of this. what new details are you finding in the cables and the e-mails? >> reporter: the cables certainly give us more detail into the thinking of ambassador stevens in the months, weeks and even hours before his death. for example, we know that just hours before the attack that killed him and three other americans, he expressed concern over the rising security threats in benghazi and in nearby town where is the ambassador believed that islamic extremists were gaining a strong foothold. he was also worried that
-ahead to go back over to the embassy that perhaps they could have gotten ambassador stevens out alive. i'm not happy to say that, but i'm very dissatisfied with what happened in washington, the top leadership of this country. our military and our agents and our people out there deserve better. megyn: captain nash, you have to look at this in the greater context. these guys in libya, they knew they didn't have adequate security and they were requesting more from washington. they were requesting just to keep what they had and they were told no. the security was being reduced steadily. the british ambassador had an attempt made on his life. the brits shut down that their consulate. the red cross pulled out of libya. our ambassador in his diary was documenting his fears, he believed he was upon an al qaeda hit list. while the navy seals are begging for permission to save him, the permission was denied. how does that happen? >> that scenario i just laid out, megyn, just screams malfeasance. we spend a tremendous amount of money on our intelligence community and military. we have all the tools
a mile away asked for permission to help ambassador chris stevens there and they were told to stand down twice. they ignored those orders and they went anyway by the time they got there the compound was under fire. it was on fire, as well. they evacuated those who remained. they went back to the annex. they then requested military back-up. they were denied. hours later when it was all over former navy seals woods and glen doherty and sean smith and chris stevens all were dead. the president was asked about all of this. molly henneberg is live in washington with that part of the story. >> molly: he was asked twice about it. three pleas for help being denied as the embassy was under attack. he didn't answer directly but did say his administration is trying to find out what happened that day and also track down the people who carried out the attack. >> nobody wants to find out more what happened than i do. we wanted to to make sure we get it right. particularly i have made commitment to the families as well as the american people. we're going to bring those folks to justice. we'll gather fa
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